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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:30 pm

After suffering losses by single digits in the first two games of its own boys basketball tournament, Union broke through with a victory Saturday in the seventh-place contest.

The seventh-seeded Wildcats (4-12) jumped to a 9-0 lead in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the game and never looked back in a 62-47 win over eighth-seeded Jefferson.

“It’s good to win. Anytime you play the 2:30 game with nobody in the stands, it’s a tough game. It feels like practice,” said Union Head Coach Christopher Simmons. “We were really patient with the ball. We went inside and didn’t settle for outside shots.”

Union opened the tournament with a 63-55 loss to second-seeded Lutheran South and then suffered a 50-47 setback to third-seeded Festus in the consolation semifinals, losing on a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Simmons hopes the Wildcats are turning the corner as the conference season heats up and the district tournament approaches.

“Against Lutheran South, we were down by two points with four minutes to go. Against Festus, they hit a buzzer beater. It would have been nice to win one of those,” Simmons said. “I feel like we’re right on the edge. We have some teams coming up that we can compete with.”

Union had four players score in double figures.

Nick Ziegler finished the game with 19 points and four rebounds. He was 8-9 from the free-throw line and nailed three three-pointers, two of which were buzzer beaters to end the second and third quarters.

“Those were big,” Simmons said. “Our guards are young. They’re getting better and better. We beat their press and got some easy layups out of it. We handled it well.”

Brandon Ford collected 19 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and two assists.

TJ Vitt registered 12 points, four rebounds and three assists.

Brian Borgmann added 10 points and three assists.

“Borgmann probably left eight points on the board against Festus, but he finished his chances today,” Simmons said.

Blake Hulsey scored two points. Dylan Small also played.

The Wildcats shot 67 percent from the field and were 13-17 from the free-throw line.

Mike Reid led Jefferson with 14 points. Darrick Brumley added 13 points.

Union held leads of 21-10 after one quarter and 34-23 at halftime.

Jefferson pulled to within 34-29 with 3:33 remaining in the third quarter, but got no closer.

Ziegler’s second buzzer beater to end the third quarter seemed to be the final nail in the coffin, pushing the Wildcats’ advantage to 42-33.

Union (0-2 in the Four Rivers Conference) played Whitfield Tuesday and visits New Haven Friday for a 6 p.m. JV start.

“Our two conference games have been against Pacific and St. James, the two best teams,” Simmons said. “We’re getting better, so I feel like we should be able to compete and have a chance in our remaining conference games.”


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Thursday, Dec. 18

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Pattonville vs. Farmington, 4 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Owensville, 5:30 p.m.

Principia vs. Pattonville, 7 p.m.

Borgia vs. Cuba, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Washington at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Washington at Lindbergh    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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